Prize Winners

Nicolai Ruh

Nicolai Ruh is an associated member of the Social Science Archive Konstanz. He wrote his dissertation at the Center of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” at the University of Konstanz. In his thesis Ruh reconstructs the critical perspective of politically sensitized developers of cryptographic systems on the invisible ontological underpinnigs of an increasingly technically mediated life-world. In 2018 Ruh received the Ilse Schutz Memorial Prize for his paper “’The Universe Believes in Encryption’ – Implementing Math into the Ontological Layer of the Digitally Augmented Life-World” which will be published in the collected volume “Mathesis Universalis - die aktuelle Relevanz der ‘Strukturen der Lebenswelt’, edited by Jochen Dreher. Ruh’s research interests include science and technology studies (STS), sociology of knowledge and phenomenological sociology.

Jan Strassheim

Jan Strassheim studied Philosophy, Ancient Greek and General Linguistics. In 2013, he received a doctorate in philosophy from Freie Universität Berlin. In his thesis (published in 2015 as "Sinn und Relevanz", in German), he argues for a critical reading of Alfred Schutz which reconciles the philosophical notion of unique embodied individuals with the sociological idea of a shared social world. His research focuses on further developing the concept of "relevance" in fields such as the philosophy of language, aesthetics, epistemology, the theory of emotion, or legal thought. In 2018, he co-edited an interdisciplinary volume, together with Hisashi Nasu, entitled "Relevance and Irrelevance". He is currently a lecturer at Keio University in Tokyo, where he investigates parallels between Schutz and his Japanese contemporary Kitaro Nishida.

Daniela Griselda Lopez

Daniela Griselda López is a Research Assistant of CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council) at Gino Germani Research Institute, University of Buenos Aires, and Associate Professor at the National University of General Sarmiento. In 2012, she received her Doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. She was a doctoral research fellow of CONICET (2007-2012), of DAAD (2009 and 2010), and a postdoctoral fellow of CONICET (2012-2014). She was awarded the Ilse Schutz Memorial Prize for the best paper at the biennial meeting of the Alfred Schutz Circle for Phenomenology and Interpretive Social Science (2014) by the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology for her paper “Alfred Schutz on Social Order” (published in Schutzian Research 6). Her research focuses on recovering Schutzian interpretive framework to analyse economic phenomena, addressing specifically valuation and pricing processes. She coordinates the research project: “Prices, Ethics and Inequality” at the National University of Tres de Febrero. Her recent published works include the books: The ‘Oblivion’ of the Life-World (UBA/Teseo, 2018) and The social Meaning of Prices, co-authored with Lionel Lewkow (Teseo, 2018).